NBA Trade Rumors: Would Milwaukee Bucks Be Open to Dealing Andrew Bogut?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2012

Andrew Bogut.
Andrew Bogut.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The trade rumors are starting to come out and while the hottest name right now is Dwight Howard, there could be another big man on the trade market also.

Could the Milwaukee Bucks be shopping Australian center Andrew Bogut in hopes of finding a taker before the trade deadline? Could the Bucks be looking to move on from Bogut and look for another big man in hopes of building a duo with Brandon Jennings?

According to an article in the New York Post, the Bucks are willing to listen to offers for their former No. 1 draft pick that has not been able to remain healthy for an entire season since his first year in the NBA. Bogut has a career average of 12.7 points and 9.4 rebounds during his NBA career despite missing many games due to injuries.

Maybe the Bucks would make a move if they can receive a great offer from another team. Two teams that come to mind right away that are in need of an interior presence are the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

They may not have anything the Bucks want in return (especially given the salary cap situation), but maybe a third team could be brought in to give the Bucks something they would want in return.

Bogut when healthy is a huge presence in the paint for the Bucks, and while his game is still improving, injuries have caused his growth to be halted at the wrong times for the Bucks.

The Bucks have to find a way to keep Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee long term, and finding another player (center) to build the team around would be the correct direction to go in.

It will be interesting to see what offers come in for Bogut and if the Bucks will go through with a trade on or before March 15.